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Screams & PreAmps

Postby forumuser775780 » Tue May 06, 2008 1:07 pm

Hey there all you lovely people. Im in the studio today recording some vocals, a mix between heavy metal screaming [think lamb of god etc] and some nice clean singing. Looking at previous posts it seems a combination of a 57 and some kind of large diaprahgm condenser [Ive got a U87 or a 414 available] is the way forward.

However, I'm not sure whether to use both to blend together a good sound or separately track the vocals using the 57 for the screams and the condenser for the clean.

Finally, will using an outboard preamp benefit the final sound of such aggressive vocals or just be a pompus act of futility?

Thanks guys

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Re: Screams & PreAmps

Postby BenWeston » Tue May 06, 2008 6:20 pm

It's entirely up to you. You won't know until you experiment. For what it's worth, I would probably have used an SM58 for the whole thing. It's good for metal music and unless you want really high fidelity on the vocals (the clean bits), I should think an SM58 all the way through would suffice.

This is the only sort of music I'd recommend an SM58 above most others for when recording. If it were anything else, like pop or jazz, I'd say the 414/U87 all the way.

It really does depend on where the music sits in the mix as to what vocal mic you choose.
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Re: Screams & PreAmps

Postby J. Matthews » Tue May 06, 2008 6:51 pm

Im not really a fan of the SM58 for metal vocals in the studio, I always want something brighter and more alive feeling, I wish I had an SM7.

Anyway, the best way to find out is try everything you have, you'd be surprised what works and what doesn't.

Oh yeah, use the best preamp you've got! Why wouldn't you? :lol:

Kinda obvious really,

Joe 8-)
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Re: Screams & PreAmps

Postby Paul Soundscape » Tue May 06, 2008 7:16 pm

or the preamp that suits the mike best?
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Re: Screams & PreAmps

Postby J. Matthews » Tue May 06, 2008 7:41 pm

well, you know what I mean... :)
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Re: Screams & PreAmps

Postby Paul Soundscape » Tue May 06, 2008 7:47 pm

yeah just thought i would be annoyingly pedantic:)
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Re: Screams & PreAmps

Postby jtcoops » Fri May 09, 2008 11:30 am

I was just about to post the same sort of question.

Am thinking a Beta 57 for my recording session this evening of a similarly shouty metal band. Other choice would be a MD421. Would be too worried to use my Neumann - its only just been re-capsuled - can't bear the thought of it overloading itself with a deluge of shouty moist vocals.
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